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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Tiropita {Cheese Pies}

What's a girl to do when every single time she opens the freezer she sees half a package of phyllo dough just begging to be used?  I'll tell you what she does.  She makes glorious stinky cheese treats.  A simple, flaky casing surrounding a creamy, pungent mixture of feta, ricotta, and milk that can be picked up and nibbled on throughout the day is a glorious thing.

And yes, of course I over-stuffed mine.  I can't seem to hold back when it comes to cheese.  You must remember that I am a self-admitted cheeseslut.  And I'm not ashamed.  Let those babies burst at the seams...I don't mind licking my fingers.

The only thing that could make these parcels any more fabulous and stinky?  That would be a good side of Sundried Tomato, Walnut, Olive and Oregano Relish and/or a side of Parsley, Raisin, Pine Nut, and Caper Relish.   And as long as you share, there's no need to worry about your breath offending.  Offend together, that's my motto.
Tiropita (Cheese Pies)

by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: bake appetizer side vegetarian cheese phyllo Greek
Ingredients (9 "pies")
  • 1 lb. Feta cheese, coarsely shredded
  • 7 oz. Ricotta
  • ⅓ c. whole milk
  • 27 sheets phyllo dough (~9"x10")
  • olive oil
Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9" x 13" baking dish.

Mix and mash feta, ricotta, and milk together in a small bowl.

Lay phyllo dough out flat and keep loosely covered with a damp cloth or towel between uses.

On a large cutting board (or similar work surface), lay one sheet of phyllo dough out horizontally. Brush with olive oil. Repeat with two more layers of phyllo and olive oil.

Spoon 2 tablespoons of filling along one short end, leaving about an inch border on each side. Spread filling in an even line. Roll it up fairly tightly, starting with a roll to cover filling, then folding in the inch overhang and continuing to roll.

Brush the entire surface with more olive oil. Arrange in prepared pan (seam side up) and repeat with remaining phyllo to make 8 more rolls.

Bake for ~30 minutes or until golden. Cool for just a bit until you're able to handle. Enjoy warm.

Spread with one or more piquant relishes for an ultimate flavor experience.

adapted from Food From Many Greek Kitchens
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  1. And now I know what I have too do with the box of phyllo dough staring at me...
    Fantastic... This looks absolutely gorgeous!!!

  2. Your tiropita cheese pies look fantastic! My husband and I love cheese, and I can't help but think how nice they would be as part of a dinner for two with a glass of good red wine. I can't wait to get back to my kitchen!

  3. I guess a girl's gotta do's pretty perfect to me.

  4. I love phyllo and cheese but these look pretty big to me and I'm not quite sure I could manage a whole one.   I might need to add just a little bit of something green to them!

  5. Just in time.  I have some homemade ricotta I was going to have to toss out and now I don't.  I can make these!

  6. As a fellow cheeseslut I say YEAH BABY!

  7. ThemadscientistskitchenMarch 11, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    Wow these are delicious. 

  8. Cheeseslut?  Too funny.  I'm right there on the corner with you.  These look really good Heather.  

  9. They are pretty big.  I like a half as a serving w/ one of those relishes on top of a bed of micro greens.

  10. Kayle (The Cooking Actress)March 11, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Yum!! Those look so flaky and delicious--my boyfriend would go crazy for these!

  11. Offending together...ha ha!  These look fabulous and I'm totally with you.  I always overstuff when it comes to cheese.  Crispy, crunchy, and cheesy....just doesn't get better.

  12. I'm definitely one of those weirdos who LOVES the smell of garlic AND of feta.  I'd happily have my breath smell like these any day! And that, my why I'm still single. :P

  13. Oh my goodness, I so want these! These look fantastic and are a must try :)

  14. Rock on, Cheeseslut!  Hooray for stinky cheese.

  15. There is no such thing as overstuffing when it comes to something so delicious. ;-) My former roommate's mom used to make these---they are one of my favorites. 

  16. Fan - Tas - Tic! I love me some stinky Cheese!.. and the fact that you rolled it in dough sheets and Fried it! a girl after my own heart!

    I'm definitely after some of that caper relish you got there too!

  17. Oh my, those look totally addictive! Yes yes! Let's have strong breath together. ☺

  18. Stinky cheese treats. Yeah! That sounds like a decadent treat and with walnut relish...perfection.

  19. Yum! I love cheese too and have some phyllo dough in the freezer now. These look amazing!

  20. Oh, my kids love these! I found you on cookbook Sunday at Sue, I will put like!


  21. Couscous & ConsciousnessMarch 13, 2012 at 5:59 AM

     Divine - I totally have to try these - and I have phyllo and feta in the fridge right now, so no reason not to.

    Thanks so much for sharing these at Cookbook Sundays.


  22. The more cheese the merrier! :) You do realize that I'm going to have to make these now, because I won't be able to think of anything else until I have one.  Or two.  Or a dozen! :)    

  23. I love your motto of offending together - makes perfect sense! And there's never anything called 'too much cheese', I would totally over-stuff these babies too!

  24. Yum, this greek cheese pies look like/remind me of vietnamese lumpia(a lot of street sellers of lumpia in this little corner of the world).
    But then filled with delicious cheese and ofcourse as real dutch girl loves Cheese......
    I want a taste of these wright now please!

  25. Thanks for linking w/ See Ya In the Gumbo!

  26. I have never tried cheese pies before, they look amazing! I would love for you to link up at my linky party via:

    PS: I am your newest Linky Follower!


  27. Addicted to RecipesMarch 15, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    How did you know that I have phyllo in the freezer begging to be used?!  Thanks so much for sharing at the Scrumptious Sunday link party at
    Have a great day!

  28. Holy smokes those cheesy bits are fantastic sounding!    I want them now.  Like right now.   They look like something that makes you too full but you keep eating anyway.

  29. These look so crispy and loaded with CHEESE!